Lung Cancer Screening and Treatment
Texas Pulmonary Institute, with locations in Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Lung Cancer. Lung Cancer develops when cells in the lung grow abnormally and form a tumor. This can be seen on chest x-rays or CT (‘CAT’) scans as a nodule or a mass. Lung cancer is far more common in people who have smoked tobacco products. However, it can occur in people who have never smoked. A diagnosis of lung cancer is serious, but treatments have improved enormously in recent years. In general, people with lung cancer do better if diagnosed in early stage disease. Whether you are in the early stages of cancer, or in late-Stage, Texas Pulmonary Institute can help you with the latest lung cancer fighting treatment. Make an appointment today at Texas Pulmonary Institute by calling 409-401-5864.
Symptoms of lung cancer can vary from person to person. You may have no symptoms at all or you may feel like you have bronchitis or a bad cold that does not get better. Symptoms which should alert you to see your healthcare provider are:
- A cough that gets worse or does not go away
- More trouble breathing (shortness of breath) than usual
- Coughing up blood, chest pain, hoarse voice, frequent lung infections
- Feeling tired all the time, weight loss for no known reason, or swelling of your face or arms
- Tobacco smoke
- Exposure to or working with hazardous chemicals such as silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, coal smoke and soot.
- Exposure to particle pollution—like exhaust smoke.
- Asbestos, a mineral formerly used in building materials that is still in some environments and products like old brake pads.
- Supplements with high doses of vitamin E (above the Recommended Daily Allowance)
- Lung surgery is offered in people who have early-stage disease where there is a high chance of removing all of the cancer. The cancer, some normal lung tissue and lymph glands (nodes) are removed.
- Radiation uses high energy x-rays to damage the cancer cells and cause the tumor to shrink. It is often used in combination with chemotherapy.
- Chemotherapy (drugs that kill fast growing cells including the cancer cells) are commonly used in many different treatment plans. These drugs are usually given through the vein.
- Immunotherapy (drugs that use your own immune system to kill the cancer) are increasingly being used in a variety of lung cancer subtypes and stages.